But rather than earning scorn from her political opponents for ducking for cover, Aglukkaq is receiving praise.
"I think she's done a terrific job," said Carolyn Bennett, the Liberal health critic and herself a doctor.
"Politics is politics and public health is public health. I'm really impressed that she knows where that line is."
"For a rookie minister, she's on top of this file and she's responded very effectively," said NDP Health Critic Wasylycia-Leis. "She's probably one of the better rookie MPs in the House."
Pretty sad, when your political opponents can demonstrate the ability to offer a fair judgement, while a Conservative colleague and her sidekick talk behind her back.